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Tamar Ettun

Studio Building
Studio Interior
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Studio Location
365 Objects. A daily object for a year
Common Ground. Walk from New Haven to New York
Parachute - Hor Air Balloon
Empty is Also, Performa 09
Chasing Hot Air Balloons, Work in progress
Artist's Statement

There is no word like Davka in English. The closest synonyms would be deliberately or purposefully.
There is no word like Awkward in Hebrew.
I see my work as lying between Davka and awkward, in the impossible – heroic – pathetic attempt to break limits and embrace reality.
using the human body in combination with inanimate materials to stretch, twist, take apart, assemble and transform meaning in absurd and desperate situations, I create installations, performances, videos and objects. I choreograph situations where these mediums are in dialogue, influence each other, contradict, switch roles, and touch the “real” world by juxtaposing materials and symbols from everyday life.


Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Lives and works in Brooklyn.

Tamar Ettun graduated from Yale University School of Art, with an MFA in Sculpture. She studied at Cooper Union in 2007 while earning her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, where she graduated with honors. Ettun has previously curated a video summit at the Queens Museum, exhibited at The X - initiative, Performa 09 commission (NYC), The Jewish Museum NYC, The Center for Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv), Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Israel Museum. Ettun has been honored by several organizations including The America-Israel Cultural Foundation, The World Performance Project, Artis, The Dershowitz residency, and received the Alice English Kimball Fellowship from Yale School of Art to travel around the US while chasing hot air balloons.